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Category: Breastfeeding & Pumping (page 2 of 2)

This category contains all my articles related to breastfeeding and pumping.

It can truly feel like the most difficult thing in the world when you’re “in the trenches” and trying to learn how to feed a newborn. Breastfeeding is the hardest task I’ve ever done. Ever.

But it’s also one of the most rewarding, and the most beautiful.

I am now a huge advocate for nursing and/or pumping, and want to do everything I can to educate and support moms on their journey. There are so many benefits to both baby and mother, but sometimes we don’t have all of the help and information we need to be successful.

Whether you’re breastfeeding, pumping, both, or undecided, I hope that my content is helpful to you!

Look here for honest reviews on gear from pillows to pads to pumps, reasons why you should breastfeed, tips and advice to help you and your child nurse for as long as you like!

Also find my breastfeeding/pumping book on my Amazon eBook homepage.

Breastfeeding is the Best! A List of Endearing Quirks

I absolutely adore breastfeeding. It is the most difficult thing I’ve ever done, and one of the most rewarding. It’s messy and relaxing and invigorating and exhausting, all at the same time. And like most great stuff, it has its quirks. Continue reading

Review – Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump

I can still hear that whirring sound sometimes if I think about it… And Simon and Garfunkel singing “hello darkness my old friend…” I pumped for over a year and a half for my first child; my breast pump was constantly with me. I must have spent hours upon hours with this thing – lugging it everywhere, washing parts multiple times a day, measuring milk… and my son’s life would be vastly different without the nourishment I provided by pumping. Get the scoop on a highly experienced mama’s review of the Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Electric Breast Pump. Continue reading

Review: The UPDATED Ultimate Nursing Pad Comparison!

*Updated April 24 2016: woo hoo more reviews!!!

Let’s face it: whether or not you plan to breastfeed, your boobs are going to leak milk. And for as long as you breastfeed, your boobs are going to leak milk. And unless you want to ruin everything you wear, you are going to want nursing pads. But have no fear, I have done the work for you – comparing SIX different styles of washable and disposable nursing pads from four different brands. I’m proclaiming myself to be the world’s first breast pad connoisseur. And oh yes I’ve got real-life photos too! (Of the pads, not my boobs). Continue reading

Review: Milkies Milk-Saver

I cannot brag enough about this simple, quirky, common sense item! The Milkies Milk-Saver Breast Milk Collector is absolutely ingenious. It will definitely be one of my go-to gift ideas for new moms.
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My Second Birth Story: Natural All The Way!

My second child’s birth was so different from my first. I feel like I redeemed myself from what I didn’t like the first time around, and having a midwife instead of a typical OB-in-a-hospital was a game changer. I wrote this originally as a letter to my daughter about her big day! (Proper nouns have been changed to protect privacy). Warning, it’s a long post and just a teeny bit graphic.  But just a teeny bit. Read on if you’d like to see what a real-life natural birth at a birth center can be like!

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Real Simple: Attachment Parenting My Way

Attachment parenting: it is the foundation for this entire website, and I have become quite passionate about its advocacy. I wanted my first article to be significant, so I am giving you my definition of this parenting style as well as some other things I have learned over the last few years.

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First, though, I have to tell you something – don’t obsess about finding a name to give your own parenting style. No one is going to stop you on the street and ask “what parenting philosophy do you follow?”  I did not even know about attachment parenting until after my first child was born, and I had obsessively read and researched everything when I was pregnant. As cliché as it may sound, I guess you could say that attachment parenting found me. Not the other way around. It’s totally OK to not have a name for what you practice.

I also have a confession.  I hate the name “attachment” parenting. I guess it is my educational background that makes me think of a parent hovering around their child, wiping their nose and keeping them from experiencing anything.  In the teaching world, we call that “helicopter mom” – and it is definitely a derogatory term. So my initial impression was of a paranoid germaphobic mom and a clingy, emotionally unstable child.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

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My First Two Weeks As A Mother

I wrote this right after my son was born in 2013. I read over it the other night and it made me smile (and cringe). I pass it on to you…

They weren’t lying when they said that parenthood is the most challenging, yet most rewarding, thing that you will ever do.  I felt so prepared to bring my son home and begin nourishing him, providing him with safety and love and guidance.  I had taken all the classes, bought all of the stuff, double checked all of our lists and asked all of our questions.  We were as ready as we could be!… or so we thought.

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